DB prepares for a fresh start
DB had a tough time last season. They started the season with two straight losses. They went on to win five games in a row, but their main players were still out of form메이저놀이터. Add to that the injuries. This is why DB sank to the bottom of the table.
Then, last season, DB underwent a major change. Long-time coach Lee Sang-beom left the team. He was replaced by DB’s franchise star, Kim Joo-seong. Although he was only the acting head coach at the time, he managed to inject his own colours into the team. This was successful, and the team went on a five-game winning streak at the end of the season.
Unfortunately, the gap was too big and the team failed to make the playoffs, but the team prepared for the next season by using the ‘triple post’ until the end of the season.
And so began the off-season. DB appointed Kim Joo-sung as their head coach. In addition, they hired Coach Han Sang-min. Han is a veteran coach who has been with the Seoul SK for 14 years. He’s the kind of coach who can lighten the load on a rookie coach’s shoulders.
There were no major changes to the roster, but they did add some quality players. DB released Kim Hyun-ho (184cm, G) and Yoon Sung-won (196cm, F) as free agents. DB was the first to re-sign Kim Hyun-ho. They did not re-sign Yoon, but completed their roster with Min-seom-soo (197cm, F) and Kim Young-hyun (186cm, G).
Min-Soo is a versatile forward who can score from the perimeter despite his size. Although he did not receive much playing time in the second half of last season, he is a versatile player. In particular, he has experience playing DB in the past and has played with Kim before. This is why he can adapt quickly to the DB position.
Kim Young-hyun was a key part of the Ulsan Hyundai Mobis defence. Last season, he had one of the best seasons of his career, even adding an outside shot. He was also selected in the defence five. He proved his worth and moved to DB.
Lee Sun Albano (185cm, G), Doo Kyung-min (184cm, G), Kang Sang-jae (200cm, F), and Kim Jong-kyu (207cm, C), the mainstays of the DB, are still a threat. And the newcomers Kim Young-hyun and Shin Min-soo are more than enough to back them up. This is why DB is looking forward to next season.
The key is the health of the main players. Injuries were a big reason why DB faltered last season. In particular, Doo Kyung-min has only played an average of 32 games in the last two years. Kim Jong-kyu and Kang Sang-jae also struggled with injuries last season. The DBs will need to be healthy next season to redeem themselves.